The duo of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are forever intertwined as their decade-and-a-half run of excellence rivals that of the Walsh-Montana, Noll-Bradshaw, Lombardi-Starr, and Brown-Graham head coach-quarterback pairings. With Belichick having recently passed 60 years of age and Brady on the wrong side of 35 the decade and a half of NFL dominance is in its golden years.
As the rest of the NFL hopes that Belichick retires to the front office when Brady unsnaps his chin strap for the final time as a Patriot, the New England head coach has never indicated any intention to ride into the sunset of retirement side-by-side with his long-time quarterback. The 2014 NFL Draft may have answered the question at long last and it is not the answer the rest of the NFL (and particularly the AFC East rivals) had hoped to hear: Bill Belichick is not planning to retire any time soon.
With an off-season seemingly readying the team for a Super Bowl run by signing arguably one of the best defensive players in the entire NFL in cornerback Darrelle Revis, it seemed the opportune time to emulate Denver and load-up for a “win-now” run in 2014. Instead, head coach Bill Belichick made his draft picks like he usually does: building for the future with a long-term plan to keep the pipeline of talent flowing.
Every draft pick made over the three-day 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots continued to have the stamp of a head coach/general manager who is not only adding depth and impact players for 2014 but building for 2015, 2016, and beyond. No pick had the signature of a panic move by a coach/executive looking to load up for one last run.